How to manage seasonal allergies for your child.
The leaves are changing, and fall is setting in. It’s that time of year when allergies kick back into high gear after taking a hiatus during the warmer, summer months. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults and more than 1 in 4 U.S. children reported having a seasonal allergy in 2021. Managing these seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, can significantly improve your quality of life during allergy seasons. But, before we discuss how to mitigate these allergies, let’s take a look at the common allergy symptoms that often occur.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies.
- Runny nose and nasal stuffiness (congestion)
- Watery, itchy, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Mucus that runs down the back of your throat (postnasal drip)
- Swollen, bruised-appearing skin under the eyes (allergic shiners)
- Extreme tiredness (fatigue), often due to poor sleep
Now that you know what to look for. You can read the tips below to help mitigate your allergies this season so you, your kids, and the rest of your family can enjoy the outdoors without the hassle of getting the sniffles every time you go out.
When it comes to seasonal allergies, the first thing you need to do is identify your triggers.
Determine which allergens trigger your symptoms. Common culprits include pollen from trees, grasses, weeds, and mold spores.
Monitor the pollen count in your area.
Keeping track of pollen counts in your area can help tremendously in mitigating the affects of seasonal allergies. Many weather websites and apps provide this information. On days when pollen counts are high, try to limit your outdoor activities.
Take allergy medication to prevent bad allergies.
Below are a few of the most popular allergy medications you can get over the counter, or by prescribed by a licensed physician.
Antihistamines: Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, and runny nose.
Decongestants: OTC decongestant nasal sprays or pills can temporarily reduce nasal congestion, but they should not be used for more than a few days to avoid “rebound” congestion.
Nasal Corticosteroids: These prescription nasal sprays reduce inflammation and are effective for relieving congestion and other allergy symptoms.
Allergy Shots: For severe allergies that do not respond to other treatments, allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended. At Castle Valley Children’s Clinic we offer these allergy injections.
Use nasal saline irrigation.
Rinsing your nasal passages with a saline solution can help remove allergens and mucus, reducing congestion and symptoms.
Keep your windows closed.
During high pollen seasons, keep windows and doors closed to prevent allergens from entering your home.
Use an air purifier to mitigate allergy symptoms.
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in air purifiers can help remove allergens from indoor air.
Limit your outdoor activity when the pollen count is high.
On days with high pollen counts, try to limit your time outdoors, especially during peak pollen times (usually early morning and late afternoon).
Shower and change clothes after being exposed to pollen outdoors.
After spending time outdoors, shower and change your clothes to remove pollen that may have attached to your skin and clothing.
Avoid drying your laundry outside during high pollen days.
Pollen can stick to clothes and linens when hung outside to dry. Hang inside if possible, to avoid pollen sticking to your “clean” clothes.
Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet.
Staying hydrated can help thin mucus, making it easier to clear from your nasal passages. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help boost your immune system.
Managing seasonal allergies may require a combination of these strategies, and what works best for you may vary. Consult with a healthcare professional or allergist to develop a personalized allergy management plan tailored to your specific needs.
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